What did you say this time Pat?
Television evangelist Pat Robertson suggested Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine retribution for the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, which Robertson opposed.
"He was dividing God's land, and he said, 'Woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the [European Union], the United Nations or the United States of America,'" Robertson told viewers of his long-running television show, "The 700 Club."
"God says, 'This land belongs to me, and you'd better leave it alone,'" he said.
Unfortunately, Sharon clung to life in a Jerusalem hospital Thursday after surgery to treat a severe stroke.The prime minister, who withdrew Israeli settlers and troops from Gaza and parts of the West Bank last summer over heated objections from his own Likud Party, "was breathing with the aid of a ventilator after surgeons operated to stop the bleeding in his brain", his physicians said.
Robertson,founder of the Christian Coalition in 1988 failed in a bid for the Republican presidential nomination. He last stirred controversy in August, when he called for the assassination of Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez.
If you were wondering what the passage was that got Pat Robertson in deep trouble with Israel, he was referring to Joel 3:2: "I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land."
To me this whole story serves as a reminder that I am not the one to condemn people -only God knows which piece goes where in world history. Folk just keep condeming themselves.
This information can be found on the 700 Club Pat Robertson web site.